Bishop Douglas J. Lucia Announces New Pastoral Appointments  in the Diocese of Syracuse

Statement of Bishop Douglas J. Lucia: Buffalo shootings

May 20, 2022   Last Saturday, racist and horrifying violence took the lives of ten people in Buffalo who were just trying to make a living for their families or to get some shopping errands done.  It injured three other persons as well, along with...
‘Here comes everyone’: DPC gets listening-sessions update

‘Here comes everyone’: DPC gets listening-sessions update

Over 750 parishioners attend so far; 143 send in written replies By  Eileen Jevis | Staff writer The Diocesan Pastoral Council (DPC) met on Saturday, May 7, at Holy Cross Church in DeWitt for its concluding meeting of the 2021-2022 year. The DPC is an...
Brady Faith Center keeps changing lives for the better

Brady Faith Center keeps changing lives for the better

Twenty-plus programs serve underrepresented folks in Syracuse By Eileen M. Clinton | Contributing writer The Brady Faith Center, Market and Farm have had to deal with COVID-19 issues like everyone else in the last year, but one year later all of these three service...
Relics of Beloved St. Bernadette to visit Syracuse Diocese

Relics of Beloved St. Bernadette to visit Syracuse Diocese

By Barry Vaughn | Contributing writer During May, the month of Our Lady, the Syracuse Diocese will experience an extraordinary event — the visit of the relics of St. Bernadette of Lourdes. This visit will occur on Memorial Day weekend at Holy Family Parish in...
Faith and service: foundational blocks in building catechesis

Faith and service: foundational blocks in building catechesis

This is the third of four installments in a series on the work of the Office of Catechesis and the different models of catechetical instruction in the Diocese.  By Dc. Tom Picciano | Contributing Writer “We teach our children that Jesus Christ is in...
With song and seeds, kids brighten this little chapel of mine

With song and seeds, kids brighten this little chapel of mine

By Tom Maguire | Associate editor The rest of the school had a test day; the kindergartners through second graders got their quiz from the Bishop. Bishop Douglas J. Lucia presided at a Blessing of the Seeds Ceremony April 27 at the Most Holy Rosary chapel in Syracuse....
In memoriam: Sister Kathleen Ann Mathew Osbelt, OSF

In memoriam: Sister Kathleen Ann Mathew Osbelt, OSF

Sister Kathleen Osbelt, OSF, died May 4, 2022, at Francis House, the home for the terminally ill that she had founded in 1991 in Syracuse.  Sister was born in Syracuse, to Roy M. and Anna Mae Osbelt. She was 71 years of age and had been a Sister of St. Francis...
Polish dignitaries visit Cathedral, talk about Ukraine

Polish dignitaries visit Cathedral, talk about Ukraine

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception hosted notable guests this past week as the Deputy Prime Minister of Poland and his team visited the diocesan mother church.  Bishop Douglas J. Lucia welcomed Piotr Gliński and his delegation, conducting a tour of...
Catholic Sun associate editor Tom Maguire wins writing contest

Catholic Sun associate editor Tom Maguire wins writing contest

Catholic Sun associate editor Tom Maguire took a first place in the 44th annual Professional Recognition Awards of the Syracuse Press Club. SPC members are journalists, educators, students and communications professionals working in Central and Northern New...
Cinco de Mayo greeting from St. Anthony’s, Syracuse

Cinco de Mayo greeting from St. Anthony’s, Syracuse

In case you missed this on our Facebook page last week on May 5: Feliz y bendecido mes de Mayo, el mes en que celebramos a nuestra Santa Madre María, pedimos sus bendiciones y protección, y también les deseamos que la celebración del cinco...
Mother’s Day; four sides to a story of motherhood

Mother’s Day; four sides to a story of motherhood

By Dc. Tom Cuskey | Editor Mom. The dictionary should provide synonyms for this three-letter title that include, in alpha order: advisor, advocate, caregiver, cleaner, confidant, cook, defender, disciplinarian, fan, friend, guardian, guide, lover, negotiator, nurse,...
Brothers’ state-champs banner gets an upgrade!

Brothers’ state-champs banner gets an upgrade!

Titlists in football, bowling add their names to list of CBA greats By Tom Maguire | Associate editor The fan base is huge. And the teams justify it. At Christian Brothers Academy, the buzz from the grandstand was audible April 20 in the farthest parking lot before...
Communion candidates encounter Christ through First Eucharist

Communion candidates encounter Christ through First Eucharist

By Eileen Jevis | Staff Writer  In the April 28 issue of The Catholic Sun, Andrea Slaven, M.Ed., M.A., director of Catechesis for the Diocese of Syracuse, wrote what was the first of a four-article series focusing on the Office of Catechesis and the different...
Catechesis: Leading others to live  the truth in love

Catechesis: Leading others to live the truth in love

By Andrea Slaven  | Contributing writer Editor’s note: Andrea Slaven, M.Ed.; M.A. Instructional Technology, is the Director of Catechesis for the Diocese of Syracuse. This is the first of a four-article series focusing on the Office of Catechesis and the...
‘Like a pilgrimage site’: Divine Mercy Sunday with Bishop

‘Like a pilgrimage site’: Divine Mercy Sunday with Bishop

By Tom Maguire | Associate editor It seemed like the logical place to be: Divine Mercy Parish on Divine Mercy Sunday. “It is Divine Mercy Sunday. So I wanted to do something special,” said Mary Louise Therese (Olszewski) Isgar, one of the more than 100...
Binghamton pastor speaks on care of our environment

Binghamton pastor speaks on care of our environment

By Kathryne Sparaco | Contribututing writer Father Tim Taugher remembers well the first ever Earth Day, held on April 22, 1970. A student at Catholic Central High School in Binghamton at the time, he recalls the activity, the energy and the enthusiasm concerning plans...
Brian DuSell returns home to assume Cathedral music reins

Brian DuSell returns home to assume Cathedral music reins

By Dan Hurley | Contributing Writer Brian DuSell is a seasoned organist, choir leader and liturgist who comes from Central New York. His education and career path have taken him to the Midwest and the West Coast. This spring he returns to join the Cathedral of the...
Guardian Angel Society celebrates 25 years of service 

Guardian Angel Society celebrates 25 years of service 

By Eileen Jevis | Staff writer “Serving others both helps those in need and creates contented hearts in those who are serving.” — Father Joseph Champlin  These words, spoken by Father Joseph Champlin, inspire his staff to carry on his vision....
Father Keeffe’s legacy: all for the refugees

Father Keeffe’s legacy: all for the refugees

Family to move into late priest’s home; couple donates $50,000 for repairs By Tom Maguire | Associate editor The house with “good bones” now fills out with a refugee family. Father Anthony Keeffe, who died last year, bequeathed his family home to All...
Charge your car, charge your soul

Charge your car, charge your soul

St. Mary’s Church in Baldwinsville Installs car-charging stations By Eileen Jevis | Staff writer St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Baldwinsville is located on a busy thoroughfare near the NYS Thruway and Route 690. When Deacon Joe Casper heard about a grant...
Retreat house hosts Stations of Cross for first time since COVID

Retreat house hosts Stations of Cross for first time since COVID

By Kathryne Sparaco | Contributing writer We don’t always think of Good Friday as joyous, but it was a joyful Good Friday for the youth, young adults and families who gathered at Christ the King Retreat House in Syracuse for outdoor Stations of the Cross with...

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